In re Reza

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Appellate Division of the Supreme Court of the State of New YorkMar 1, 2018
2018 N.Y. Slip Op. 1381 (N.Y. App. Div. 2018)

03-01-2018

In the Matter of JABEEN ZEHRA REZA, an Attorney.

Jabeen Zehra Reza, Fairfax, Virginia, pro se. Monica A. Duffy, Attorney Grievance Committee for the Third Judicial Department, Albany, for Attorney Grievance Committee for the Third Judicial Department.


(Attorney Registration No. 4970356) Before: McCarthy, J.P., Egan Jr., Clark, Aarons and Rumsey, JJ.

Jabeen Zehra Reza, Fairfax, Virginia, pro se.

Monica A. Duffy, Attorney Grievance Committee for the Third Judicial Department, Albany, for Attorney Grievance Committee for the Third Judicial Department.

MEMORANDUM AND ORDER

Jabeen Zehra Reza was admitted to practice by this Court in 2011 and lists a business address in Fairfax, Virginia with the Office of Court Administration. Reza now seeks leave to resign from the New York bar for nondisciplinary reasons (see Rules for Attorney Disciplinary Matters [22 NYCRR] § 1240.22 [a]). The Attorney Grievance Committee for the Third Judicial Department (hereinafter AGC) opposes the application by correspondence from its Chief Attorney.

As is noted by AGC, Reza is presently delinquent in her New York attorney registration requirements, having failed to register for the biennial period beginning in 2017 (see Judiciary Law § 468-a; Rules of the Chief Admin of Cts [22 NYCRR] § 118.1). Inasmuch as Reza is therefore subject to potential disciplinary action (see Judiciary Law § 468-a [5]; Rules of Professional Conduct [22 NYCRR 1200.0] rule 8.4 [d]; see also Matter of Attorneys in Violation of Judiciary Law § 468-a, 113 AD3d 1020, 1021 [2014]), she is ineligible for nondisciplinary resignation and her application must be denied (see Matter of Seitz, 155 AD3d 1300, 1301 [2017]; Matter of Cluff, 148 AD3d 1346, 1346 [2017]). Further, any future application by Reza must be supported by proof of her full satisfaction of the requirements of Judiciary Law § 468-a and Rules of the Chief Administrator of the Courts (22 NYCRR) § 118.1 (see Matter of Frank, 146 AD3d 1228, 1228-1229 [2017]).

McCarthy, J.P., Egan Jr., Clark, Aarons and Rumsey, JJ., concur.

ORDERED that Jabeen Zehra Reza's application for permission to resign is denied.